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Progressive stun Deacons

Kenmore Bynoe

Progressive stun Deacons

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It was a night of thunder and lightning when the witches foretold that to Macbeth in Shakespeare’s famous work that he would become king. The same weather disturbed the skies around the Gymnasium of the  Garfield Sobers Sports Complex on Sunday night when Progressive drove a three-straight dagger through the heart of Cooperators General Insurance senior knockout monarchs, RBTT Deacons.
Unfortunately, the outstanding play of Renier Grace, Fabian cox, Akeem Payne and portly setter Marcus Greene might have given Progressive the rare, 25-23, 31-29, 25-22 win over Deacons to snatch the direct trip into the semi-inals.  But, Deacons will still advance to meet some luckless team from Group “B” in the quarter-finals.
Deacons started without Elwyn Oxley, who was out of the island with youngster Pernell Blunte holding the middle position ahead of veteran Andy Jordan.  A lop-sided team with George Skeete playing libero and Rodney Mayer and Jamaica’s setter Andre McLean playing dual roles of setter and attacker suggested that Deacons might have underestimated Progressive.
Deacons, holding advantages in the first and second sets indicated to the large crowd of spectators that the same script would be followed on court.  However, a fired up Grace and Payne nullified some attempts by Jamal Nedd, Sheldon Roach and Kenwin Inniss to pull back the game.
With the scores locked at seven in the third set, Progressive’s good fortune appeared destined for naught as a power shortage plunged the entire Gym into darkness. When the lights came back on ten minutes later, most of the players had to suit back up while many fans had already left.  Apparently, those fans were women and children who could not be allowed to witness the tragedy that unfolded with Deacons going down in straight sets.
Earlier in the evening the women’s defending champions Chargers were also crushed in straight sets as the fiery hot rockets smoked Chargers indoors, 25-10, 25-20, 25-19.  Rockets advanced to the semi-finals while Chargers will play the third-placed team from Group D in the quarter-finals.
Sentry Insurance Deacons thumped Carefree Toners, 25-14, 26-24, 25-18.  Last night, the Toners would have played Powerade The Club to finalise the placements from Group C.  An unlikely victory by The Club would have placed them first, Deacons second and the Toners last.  An expected win for the Toners would give them the ticket to the semis and leave Deacons last to play Chargers.
On Sunday night British American Jackson won their first game by defeating and eliminating 8000 Inc. Carlton, 25-11, 25-22, 25-14.  The newly promoted O-Aces’ men also won their first match and at the same time expelled Sunpower Foundation United, 25-21, 26-24, 25-20.
Former champions Chargers men captured the direct trip to the semis by defeating Cawmere,  25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 25-18.
  Once again veteran setter Dale Addison made the difference between a close game and an easy victory for Chargers.